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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique microwaves rating which considers: 9,100 UK prices • 14,000 expert & user reviews • 1,700 product comparisons • 12 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Samsung MC28H5013AS

247 Reviews
Which? - Best Buy

£124.99

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
Info
Info
£660
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
#2

88

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Samsung MC32K7055CK

92 Reviews

£199.97

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2020
#3

87

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Daewoo KOC9C0TBKR

26 Reviews

£67.34

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
#4

87

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Panasonic NN‑CT57

£199.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
27L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
#5

87

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Samsung MC28H5135CKEU

37 Reviews

£181.90

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
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#6

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Samsung MC28M6055CS

229 Reviews

£139.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2017
#7

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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews

£199.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
#8

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Panasonic NN‑SD25H

3 Reviews

£119.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
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Hotpoint MD344IXH

10 Reviews

£260.98

(Unknown)
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1,000W
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31L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
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#10

86

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Samsung MS23F301TAS

176 Reviews

£69.00

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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Info
£370
Over 10 years
Jul 2016
#11

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Panasonic NNST45KWBPQ

£141.97

Freestanding
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1,000W
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32L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
#12

85

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Samsung MS23K3513AKEU

123 Reviews

£85.00

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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Info
£370
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
#13

85

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Hotpoint MWH26321MB

16 Reviews

£147.97

Freestanding
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800W
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25L
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Info
£370
Over 10 years
Jan 2017
#14

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Panasonic NN‑SD27

21 Reviews

£139.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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23L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
£10 Voucher
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85

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AEG MBE2658SEM

12 Reviews

£359.99

(Unknown)
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900W
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26L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2017
#16

85

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Daewoo KOR9GPBR

88 Reviews

£87.97

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
#17

85

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Sharp R860S

20 Reviews
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£109.99

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
#18

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Samsung MS28J5215AS

279 Reviews

£99.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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28L
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Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
£10 Voucher
#19

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Bosch Serie 4 CMA583MS0B

9 Reviews

£531.97

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900W
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44L
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£420
Over 10 years
Sep 2017
#20

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Panasonic NNST46KBBPQ

£159.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
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32L
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£470
Over 10 years
Nov 2017

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What Are The Best Microwave Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every microwave and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated microwave brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 90%. Compare all award winning microwaves.

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Panasonic Microwaves 74 £69 - £459
90%
247 reviews
#2
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Samsung Microwaves 74 £78 - £699
88%
1,973 reviews
#3
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Hotpoint Microwaves 58 £55 - £379
87%
373 reviews
#4
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Whirlpool Microwaves 71 £85 - £1,099
87%
80 reviews
#5
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Bosch Microwaves 62 £83 - £1,386
85%
276 reviews
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Daewoo Microwaves 51 £43 - £170
84%
197 reviews
#7
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Smeg Microwaves 24 £183 - £649
81%
16 reviews
#8
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Russell Hobbs Microwaves 43 £45 - £185
81%
4,037 reviews
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AEG Microwaves 20 £180 - £850
81%
28 reviews
#10
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Sharp Microwaves 50 £54 - £783
80%
765 reviews
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Neff Microwaves 34 £231 - £1,279
78%
48 reviews
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Siemens Microwaves 26 £203 - £1,244
77%
19 reviews
#13
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LG Microwaves 35 £29 - £183
23%
5 reviews
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Severin Microwaves 22 £42 - £192
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Candy Microwaves 20 £45 - £358

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is combination cooking on a microwave?
AThis involves using both the microwave and oven or grill functions of the appliance simultaneously - frequently the microwaves are used to cook the food quickly, while the grill crisps and browns the top.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £28 to £2,225 and in total we found prices for 556 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs £257 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £64 and £579. The LG MH6535GDB is the cheapest microwave at only £28, and Miele H6300BM is the most expensive at £2,225.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

Fisher & Paykel microwaves range in price from £975 to £1,499, and the average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £1,237 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands.

Miele microwaves range in price from £468 to £2,225, and the average price of Miele microwaves is £1,080 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is ETNA microwaves with an average price of £1,055. ETNA microwaves start at £1,055 and their most expensive microwave costs £1,055.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 50 expert reviews and 12,455 user reviews for microwaves and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Panasonic, Samsung and Hotpoint. Panasonic has an average rating of 90%, Samsung has an average rating of 88% and Hotpoint has an average rating of 87%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 593 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, AO for whom we found 230 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Direct with 187 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new microwaves over the last 3 years. In January 2019, nine new microwaves were released making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. May was the biggest month in 2018 for new microwaves, with 40 new microwaves released that month. 68 new microwaves were released in April 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 2% in the first 6 months after release.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £5 on a typical £256 new microwave by waiting 6 months before buying.

Case Designs

The case design of the microwave shows whether it is meant to be free standing, or designed to be built into fixtures unobtrusively.

The most common case design amongst new microwaves is freestanding. We found 717 microwaves that are freestanding microwaves. Integrated is the second most popular case design amongst new microwaves. We found 77 microwaves that are integrated microwaves.

Microwave Powers

'Microwave Power' denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 220W to 3,300W. The microwave powers of most microwaves range from 900W to 1,000W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the Hotpoint MP676IXH, which is a 2,800W microwave and sells for £378.97. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the Panasonic NNCD87KSBPQ, which is a 220W microwave and is on sale for £324.97.

A higher power level means that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

'Interior Capacity' is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

The interior capacities of microwaves range from 1.5L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 26L. The Panasonic NNSN936B, which currently retails for £115.04, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 62L capacity microwave. The Hotpoint MWH1331B, which is available at £98.99, has the smallest interior capacity and is a 13L capacity microwave.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Available Colours

We found 460 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured, which makes black the most frequently found colour amongst new microwaves. We found 453 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making stainless steel the second most common colour amongst new microwaves.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer it shows the total number of microwaves where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying microwaves. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 362 of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for microwaves by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of microwave prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's microwave prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 61% of their microwave prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.